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National Museum of Colombia

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National Museum of Colombia

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Myo M wrote a review Jul. 2020
Coquitlam, Canada19,982 contributions685 helpful votes
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Not much of an "enticing building" (as I would put it) from outside as it is a former prison (with some of these wrought-iron doors inside which likely have been there since the time of the prison!), but yes to see inside on its "3 spacious levels" are those from the pre-Columbian (or pre-Hispanic as is the term used here) era on the 1st level & those from the "early republic" era on the 2nd & 3rd levels. Among the many displays & "many types" of displays (potteries, sculptures, paintings & just miscellaneous memorabilia items) though, I was mostly impressed by these sizeable colorful paintings (some actually "huge-sized" ones mainly to be found on the 3rd level) depicting both political scenes (such as the swearing-in ceremony or such of Simon Bolivar & also just individual portraits of past presidents) and social scenes (such as a riverboat anchored alongside a village or such on a peaceful river, a family sitting together in a room but with each just at their own task without talking with one another & a young couple at a countryside or such looking at a distance like some settlers on their journey); and yes also worthwhile times spent were reading the "info displays" on the 1st level (with really quite a bit of knowledge to learn about the functioning, hierarchies & such of the native societies) and walking along the "long corridors" of both the 2nd & 3rd levels going through just plenty of "historical memorabilia" (with also drawers to open inside which some hand-written documents & such from long ago and also phones to pick up for some audio recordings). Somewhat surprisingly though, there's not much (actually I would say if at all!) of the "colonial era" of the country displayed at this museum but yes for which there's another great museum (although one quite a bit smaller than this one) called Museo Colonial in barrio La Candelaria (the city's historic area at just about a half-hour walk south from here). And so in all a bit more than 3 hours spent including a walk-around of the outdoor courtyard garden just inside the exit gate (with mostly mid-sized green shrubs but a "pleasant atmosphere" where there's also an outdoor cafe), I left this museum really "quite impressed" which among my four national history museums visited in South & Central Americas is "right on par" with the one in Rio with also "great comprehensive" displays of the Brazilian history which I'd visited a year earlier (with the other two being those in Santiago, Chile & San Jose, Costa Rica which are also very nice & informative museums but just on slightly smaller scales compared to this one & the one in Rio). And so, located just shortly past the north end of the "big pedestrian street" Carrera 7 (with just plenty of outdoor vendors along both sides and likely busier on Sunday than the other days of the week since it was a "pretty packed" way for much of about 2 km that I walked), also should not be missed near this museum is the green 'Bogota' sign likely made of leaves or such (in the small park just about a 5-minute walk to the south) & also Colpatria Tower which is not the tallest in town but likely the tallest open to the public (just immediately past that small park although closed on my day likely due to being weekend).
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Date of experience: December 2019
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sandy c wrote a review Mar. 2020
Copenhagen, Denmark596 contributions320 helpful votes
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History and art all under on roof. The history sections were well laid out. Sometimes in a linear style showing aspects of history in a timeline, sometimes displays you can walk around as you choose. They didn't just stick a bunch of stuff against the wall is what I'm saying. There wasn't much English info, but you must realize this isn't primarily a tourist attraction or photo opportunity. This is a place for history, learning, culture. There's a lot here too. From millenia of cultures of what is now Colombia, social organization, domestic life, cuisine, conflict, you name it. From prehistoric times through colonization and the turbulent 20th century. For me the top floor art collection was an awesome journey through colonial era classicism to modern inventiveness. There's sure to be something for every art lover here. Small annoyances: it seems screaming children are not objected to here. Don't know if that's a cultural thing, but you should get used to it. Some wings had many telephone style audio speakers running at the same time, which I found somewhat distracting. When you arrive, a 'required donation' is added to the entry fee. In exchange you get a paper bookmark which many people discarded at the exit. The cafe prices were ridiculous- more than I'd pay in a European museum. And finally, you can't exit via the front door, they make you go through the gift shop and a lane behind the building. So despite the sometimes jumbled experience, I'd say this is a must see for enthusiansts of art and history.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Damien Wu wrote a review Mar. 2020
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This museum is dedicated for the history about the columbian nation. You may notice this museum is located in old jail.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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skychaserCalgary wrote a review Feb. 2020
Calgary, Canada900 contributions281 helpful votes
The National Museum of Colombia traces the history of the country from Pre-Colombia times to the Conquest to present day highlighting all aspects of society.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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chicago90Phoenix wrote a review Feb. 2020
phoenix1,267 contributions434 helpful votes
This was our first stop in Bogota and we started on a high note. Lots of interesting history on the region, Simon Bolivar and the majority of it in Spanish. Love the adjacent 2 courtyards, the Juan Valdez cafe and the interior architecture of the 3 floors.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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